Bisons drop pair in Pawtucket
The Bisons first roadtrip of the 2011 season got off to a great start. By the end of Sunday, the club will be more than happy to return to Coca-Cola Field.
The Pawtucket Red Sox swept a pair of games from Buffalo on Sunday, dropping the Herd to 1-4 on their first venture away from Western New York.
The Bisons defeated the Yankees 4-0 on Wednesday to begin their five-game roadie, but Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rallied to win the next two games to take the series. Buffalo then dropped two games in Pawtucket to fall to 4-7 on the season.
Sunday afternoon started with the PawSox completing a 2-1 victory in 10 innings of the suspended game the night before. The IL-north division rival then battered the Bisons for 10 runs in a 10-6 victory in the nightcap.
Saturday night’s match-up was suspended after eight innings with the game tied at one. When it resumed on Sunday, the Bisons put runners on first and third with only one out in the ninth inning but couldn’t score. Justin Turner grounded into a 5-4-3 double play that ended the threat.
In the bottom of the 10th, Daniel Nava singled home Yamaico Navarro of reliever Manny Alvarez to hand Buffalo their third straight loss.
Buffalo came out swinging in game two, but couldn’t hold on to a 2-0 advantage. Just promoted from Double-A Binghamton, Josh Stinson yielded four runs in the third inning on three Pawtucket doubles. Nate Spears took the righty deep in the fourth and Navarro doubled home a sixth run to knock Stinson from the contest.
Pawtucket built a 10-2 advantage before the Bisons could dent the scoreboard again. Ruben Tejada and Nick Evans collected RBI-singles in a four-run rally in the seventh. Trailing 10-6, the Bisons put a pair of runners on base in the ninth inning, Pawtucket reliever Rich Hill struck out Lucas Duda on three pitches to end the game.